Teach Us To Pray

prayingOur Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. Matthew 6:9b (NLT)

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9 (KJV)

 

I don’t personally know anyone who can’t recite the Lord’s Prayer. I know those people exist—I just don’t know them.

Let me clarify that. When I say, know the Lord ’s Prayer, I mean just about everyone can boldly begin, “OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN,” the volume significantly dips during Hallowed be they name.  Then there is some mumbling until the words “Thy will,” closely followed by more mumbling leading to a stronger “as it is in heaven.”  Then there is a part about bread. Then comes the scariest part of the entire prayer—is it sins and sin, debts and debtors, or trespasses and trespass? That line of the prayer often sounds like, “And forgive us our sssssssses and we forgive those who ssssssss against us.” The hissing line about forgiveness leads to the realization the “Amen” is close. Once the word temptation is uttered and the plea to “deliver us from evil.” is said. The boldness to end strong wells up and by the time the word glory is uttered, the “FOREVER, AMEN!” is strong.

That’s what I mean when I say everyone knows the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus didn’t intend these words to be the only prayer of His followers. In response, to the plea from the fishermen, tax collector and the regular non-religious types following Jesus, Jesus told them to pray simply: like this.

Step 1: Recognize to whom you are praying.

The act of praying is the act of communicating with someone who cares about you. Jesus taught His followers to direct their prayers to Our Father. Don’t let the image of your flawed earthly father keep you from your loving, gracious, merciful, and just Heavenly Father.   In this sin-tainted world, your earthly father may have abandoned you, or worse, abused you. Your Heavenly Father is waiting for you to cry out His name—to bring your hurts, desires, fears, failures, praise, and success to Him so He can offer you what you really need.

The first concept Jesus taught His disciples about prayer was; prayer a conversation with someone who loves and cares for you. God’s not in the practice of giving you snakes and stones—He loves YOU!

Step 2: Recognize who God is

God is your Heavenly Father. He’s not just your Father—He’s Heavenly! That adjective is tossed around in the vernacular. I’ve shivered with delight over a heavenly piece of cake. I’ve snuggled in a heavenly sweater. I’ve listened with joy and goose bumps as musicians performed a heavenly piece of music.

That is the beginning of the understanding you need when you pray. What makes something heavenly? Heavenly things are better, luscious, astounding—different. Your Father in heaven is—HEAVENLY! Not only does He care about YOU, He has the power to see it though. He is better, luscious, astounding and different from anyone you know here on earth!

The best part is—He loves YOU!

Consider that as you pray today. You are praying to the One who made all things—from nothing, I might add. God knows you intimately. He desires that you come to Him in the innocence and need of child so that He can commune with you, meet your need and restore you to what you were meant to be—His friend.

Father, I have a difficult time expressing with words what it means to be Your child. Teach me to come to for all that I need but also simply to be Your child.

 

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The End of August!

endThis week was long and filled with all sorts of emotions!! The biggest, best news is THE BOOKS WE NEVER READ is done—done—done and available from Amazon.com or for you technological sorts, from kindle.

THE BOOKS WE NEVER READ is a 3-month devotional book touring the Old Testament books that most people gloss over. You’ll find a tour through a number of Old Testament books and an in depth look at Ruth, Micah and Habakkuk. Don’t worry—there’s some New testament references mixed in as well!

Tomorrow begins a new month and with it a new topic. You’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out what it is! In the mean time; buy a book, and read or re-read a post from the final week of August 2014.

Would you do me a favor today? In keeping with this month’s topic of small things… When you are finished reading the devotional you choose today, would you share it using one of the buttons you’ll see at the end of the post—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Pintrest, or Google+? Believe it or not, that simple act makes this devotional site more visible to people searching for a devotional site on the Internet.

Now, if you can, go to church today! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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The First Little Lie

crush-serpentBut the snake said to the woman, “You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil and you will be like God!” Genesis 3:4-5 (NCV)

God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?  Numbers 23:19 (NLT)

Isaiah 40

“Are you going to wear that?” “What is your hair doing?” “Did you intend for this to turn out this way?”

My girlfriends and I would spend hours, literally hours, getting ready to go out when we were in college. Once our beautification was complete, hearing the words, “Are you going to wear that?” was devastating.   “Why? What’s wrong with what I have on?” “Oh, Nothing.” my friend would say. What do you mean “nothing” if nothing is wrong, why are you asking me that question?

It’s funny how one question can spin off so many other thoughts. For the rest of the evening, the image in my head, once lovely, was now unsettled and wondering just how ridiculous I actually looked.

Satan is the master of asking questions; questions that unsettle your thoughts and turn your once beautiful notions into images of doubt and fear. God does not intend for His children follow Him blindly.   If that was His plan, there would be no Bible. God makes His intentions and His character clear.  He invites the skeptic to investigate Him. God can withstand your honest scrutiny.

The first lie was Satan’s attempt to make humanity feel left out, even a bit slighted by God.   You can be like God; that’s the smoldering ember in the heart of every human. Given the right circumstances, pride can fan that ember into the flame of rebellion and willfulness.

It’s the unspoken notion, a lie so subtle, it’s not even uttered but hidden in the statement you will be like God. It’s the notion that God is somehow like you. When whispered aloud, it sounds like this.

  • See, God isn’t going to answer your prayer because you’re too sinful.
  • God is tired of your failures. He’s written you off as “no good.”
  • God is too busy taking care of the people He really loves to listen to you.
  • If God was truly good, there wouldn’t be so much trouble in the world. How can He let people suffer?

God is not man…. In my opinion, this is one of the most important statements in the Bible. Take comfort in the verse from Numbers 23. If you have been failed by a loved one, employer, some organization, pastor, another Christian or yourself and then decided you can’t trust God, you need to paste this verse on your bathroom mirror or the refrigerator so you see it every day.

If you have suffered from the broken promises, lies, shortcomings and failures of other people take great joy in the truth of scripture. Isaiah paints an interesting picture. Humans are like plants; tall and plump when there is ample sunshine and water, pathetic and wilting in the heat and dryness of the sun.

Isaiah says the believer has “good news” to shout from the mountaintop! It’s the same message found in Numbers 23. Your God is powerful. He is strong and mighty. He is powerful and fully able to carry out His promises. He is not shortsighted. A change of circumstances does not catch Him off guard. He is not moody. He does not make promises one day and find Himself regretting it the next. He does not get tired. He is not surprised. He is not weak. Fame and selfishness don’t motivate Him.

You are not like God. The BEST news is; God is not like you. King David, the imperfect man who had God’s heart, explains it clearly in Psalm 103. God is merciful and kind, patient and gracious, willing to forgive AND forget, powerful and mighty, worthy, WORTHY of your love and praise.

Father, when the lie that you are like me creeps into my thoughts, replace it with the truth of your word – YOU ARE NOT LIKE ME! Father, thank you for your love and grace. Thank you for not being like me.

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Listen to the Clock Ticking

clockSeventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.   Psalm 90:10 (NLT)

Being a nurse is a good profession.   I like the technical aspects of what I do; I like starting IVs. I love it when a patient says, “I didn’t even feel that.” I enjoy it when I can DO that act of nursing. The one thing I despise about being a nurse is the intangible arena of human interactions and the situations that are without remedy. Nurses see people at their absolute worst. If you are not in a helping profession, your “worst” imagine is not what I’m talking about. The “worst” for a social worker or medical person would make you writhe in awe.

This past week I met one of the many, many patients that stream through the hospital. I haven’t been able to stop thinking of this person since my eyes first saw the confused, delusional, unsettled eyes that looked through me as we met.

As I participated in the care of this patient, I realized and verbalized to the younger physician and nurses in the room with me, ”This person was just like us at one point—a job, “regular” living habits, deciding what to eat, when to eat, deciding how to live life—this person did all those things just like we do now.” It was a gut-wrenching revelation. It’s not the first time I’ve had it, but this week, that thought worked its way deeper into my heart than in previous times.

I came home and shared with Terry the details of my recent epiphany. As much as I have settled into my life and worked to achieve my plans—tomorrow may not look like today—the tomorrow I’ve planned and hoped for may never materialize. Psalm 90 records Moses’ dismal realization. People get 70 years, maybe 80, and those years are full of struggle and trouble.

Gee, thanks for the uplifting prayer!

Fortunately, Moses saw a benefit in that daily struggle.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. (v. 12)

This patient remained on my mind all week. As I thought of the situation; pity, sorrow, fear, anger, and urgency have all welled up in my heart. Thirty years ago, this person was probably just like me—independent, strong, lucid and free.  If you have elderly parents, you can identify with my angst. If you have watched your grandparents become frail and grow old, take a quiet moment with your thoughts and listen carefully—you can hear the clock ticking in the background.

I’ve heard the clock tick louder this week.

Don’t stop reading at verse 12. Join me and make Moses’ prayer your own today:

O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us His approval and make our efforts successful.  Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90:13-17 (NLT)

AMEN!

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Come Out of Hiding

Hide-and-Seek-PictureWhen the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.  Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9

Ozzy usually follows me around on my days off. Wherever I am, he’s not far behind. Unless… Unless he’s been in the trash, either in the kitchen or in my office.   As I go about my day, sometimes I’ll notice he’s disappeared. When I call for him, he doesn’t come immediately. It’s then I start looking for a mess. Sure enough, on those times, there’s a pile of ripped up papers, or half eaten garbage and a little dog lying on the bed giving me sad eyes.

Adam and Eve sinned. The story is relatively familiar. It’s a 3 part story each person has experienced. It goes like this: sin, hiding, consequence. It’s an uncomfortable story—the parts of the story that are most familiar; sin and consequence. Adam and Eve sinned and became exiles from the garden and from God’s presence. Since almost everything wasn’t enough, they got to find out what working for everything feels like. You know the story personally. You lied and got in trouble. You stole something and got in trouble. You misbehaved and it changed a relationship forever. You know the consequence of sin. Those are the parts easily identifiable.

That hiding part is so automatic it’s almost unnoticeable.

Perhaps, you are one of those people who run right to God or others for forgiveness. That’s great!! If you are, bear with the rest of us for a few moments.

You may think you don’t try to hide. Perhaps you aren’t trying to hide, but are nonetheless.

Notice, Adam’s first response was not, Here comes God, let’s go tell Him we’re sorry. Adam’s first response was to hide. Another character, David, understood the result of trying to hide sin. In Psalm 32 David shares the physical manifestations of trying to hide his sin. By the end of the chapter, David’s giving the advice only one on the other side of forgiveness can offer.

David, who had his sin on display,  writes about God’s presence being a comfort and safe haven in Psalm 16 and in Psalm 25:5-9 he sings about how great forgiveness is.

Those are 3 very different passages; hiding and wasting away, repenting a finding comfort and rejoicing in forgiveness; that seems like a no-brainer.   Why would you hide?

Initially, hiding seems easier than confronting the sin and a holy God. Sometimes it seems that if you don’t make a big deal about it, God won’t notice, He’ll let this one slide.   In reality, sin leaves us naked and exposed. That makes hiding sound like a good idea. If you read that entire passage in Hebrews, you’ll find there is no place to hide.

Do read the entire passage, because after the “gulp” of realizing God knows all of your sin, even the sin you try to hide, you’ll find that Christ provides the way to COME BOLDLY to claim the grace and mercy He purchased for you when He died on the cross.

The hiding soul doesn’t experience the joy of God. A hiding soul cringes at spending time with God. The hiding soul doesn’t experience the love of a forgiving Father. A Father who loved you so much, He sent His son to die, so forgiveness and direct relationship with Him was possible once again.

Come out, come out, where ever you are!!!   Forgiveness is waiting.

Father, help me realize those things that I try to hide from You. Teach me to bring everything to you, to find mercy, love and forgiveness and the joy that comes from a close relationship with you!

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More Than I Could Ask or Think

celebrate2God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)

It’s been 2 years! That amazes me. Two years ago today, I wrote and posted my first blog post. It was about the cicada killer wasps in the back yard—their buzz is worse than their sting. They look formidable but don’t sting people.   It was about standing strong in the face of adversity.

I converted blog platforms just over a year ago – so the formatting is messed up on the early blogs. My writing has improved (I think). Trust me – if you have not been along for the entire ride, climb aboard now and don’t worry about the older stuff. Some of it gets recycled. I post every day but I don’t always write an entirely new post each day. I apparently missed a few days along the way, since this is post 723 not 730.

For years, I thought about writing. I always liked writing papers in school. Words are fun. I always wanted to write a book. It was always a “someday” project—someday when I had time, knew enough, had experienced enough—blah, blah, blah. It was all excuses. I saw a friend’s blog, checked it out and started writing. She inspired me!

When I started, I didn’t know if I would have one week, one month or one year of posting in me. I decided I’d write until I had nothing left to write.

It’s been in the past 2 years that I’ve grown to appreciate the verses above. Could I image 2 years ago that 723 posts would exist? Did I image 2 books with my name on the cover? Could I imagine that someone who couldn’t proofread her own writing would be writing for you today? No.

I hoped but I’m not sure I imagined that much. I figured 20 or 30 of my friends would read my posts—for a while. I never imagined people on the other side of the earth would read my writing. I never imagined I would call a person in India I’ve never met, friend. (Hi, Chowdhary!) I never thought I’d have a segment on a local radio show. I never imagined I’d be invited to write for another “mission field”—thanks, Far East Broadcasting Company!

God can do more than I would dare ask. God can do more than I can imagine possible—even in my wildest dreams. God can do more than I can do—all for His glory. I’ve learned in the last 2 years that when I doubt myself, it’s really God that I’m limiting. He can do it—if I let Him—if I offer Him my time, talents, and me.

My hubby has been gracious in the past 2 years. He’s waited for meals, gone to bed without me, and washed the dishes so I could find the time to write. I love him for that sacrifice. Ozzy has patiently waited beside me while I formatted, rewrote text and looked for pictures. My friends, Donna and Diana, have read and edited my book manuscripts. I’ve changed some of my priorities.

God certainly has worked within me—deeply and gently—during this adventure. Am I a finished product? Absolutely not—I can still be willful, impatient and sometimes unmerciful, but I’ve seen God in a different way through writing about Him.

It’s my desire and prayer that you have seen Him, too.

If you have been a reader—my sincerest thanks to you for your support. If this is your first post—come along and find a God who lives in the everyday places of life. A God who loves you lavishly, who cares about you deeply (so deeply He’s unwilling to let you stay the way you are) and who can do more than you can ask or even imagine!

Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia!

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The Power to Overcome

low batteryJust as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So, if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.  If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.  Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. Romans 12:4-21 (NLT)

This morning when I woke up it was still dark—not because I woke up that early, but because it was about to storm. I made my way to the coffee pot to get my day started. I stopped in my office long enough to unplug my laptop. With the ominous clouds and the low rumble of distant thunder, a lightning strike seemed likely.

I got my coffee started and as I waited for my morning cup of coffee, I started thinking about the electrical power that comes into my home. I thought of how much I enjoy that power and how disjointed my life becomes when the current stops flowing. Earlier this summer, lightening struck the transformer in my neighborhood. My home was without power for almost 6 hours.   I am spoiled. I know many people live without electricity in their homes. When I have to “suffer” through a power outage, I begin to think of all the people who live without the luxury of electricity.

I checked the charge on my laptop and was confident I would have enough battery to get today’s post finished. That would be it—my laptop would need to be recharged before I could use it again. No worries—I had coffee and a fully changed battery—I’d be OK for this morning.

I thought about the first part of this passage. Paul used the analogy of a body. It’s a good analogy—without a head connected and working properly, a body won’t function. That is pretty dramatic. I have never seen anyone beheaded or without a head. I can’t live without my head—I have had to live without electricity for brief moments, and in the winter, during ice storms, even a few hours or a couple of days.

I thought of the first part of this passage, and as I read it, I realized why I only thought about the first few verses. The farther I go into this chapter, the more difficult the commands become.

I can function doing what comes naturally by God’s grace. I can do it well. I can do it gladly—at least in the beginning. I was feeling good until I got to verse 9. I had a stomachache by the time I got to verses 14-20.

Living the way God wants me to live, takes more power than I have on my own. Just like my laptop, I can run for a while on my own battery and work just fine. As God demands that I act more like Christ and less like me, my battery runs down very fast. It doesn’t take long until I hear the “BEEP” of the low power alarm in my heart. That low power alarm in my heart isn’t an actual “BEEP”—it takes the form of vengeful thoughts and plotting schemes. It sounds like, “Oh, Yah? Well, I’ll show you!” I certainly don’t have the power within myself to bless my enemies. Rarely does the thought to pray for the ornery people who populate my life come to my mind. When it does, I often choke on the words.

My battery doesn’t have that much power.

To conquer evil with good, I need a consistent flow of power.  I need powerful power. When my mom taught me Romans 12:21, I memorized the King James Version:

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Don’t be overcome… That takes power. More power than I have on my own.

Father, I NEED YOUR POWER TODAY. As evil swells and begins to overtake me, give me Your power to overcome with goodness. Forgive my willful, vengeful heart. Help me to love those who are not lovable the way You love unlovable me. I need Your power to me like You. When I get ready to pull the plug and go my own way—remind me to stay connected—to be energized with Your power.

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Regardless of Change

change2Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,

God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. Hebrews 13:5-8 (MSG)

It’s been two years since we began using a new computer system at work. It’s been a long two years. As I look back over my career—I miss the days of charting my nursing notes with a pen. Times moves on and with it—change. I’ve gone from charting with a piece of paper and a pen, to charting part of my notes on paper and some in the computer, to charting all notes on the computer. The hospital where I work has changed software twice. Since the last software change, it seems there have been thousands of updates and tweaks that change how I chart my patient’s care.

I don’t like that kind of change. In fact, if you asked me, I would tell you, I don’t like change at all. As I ponder that bold statement, I also realize I don ‘t like things to be boring and stagnant, either. What a quandary—boredom or the uneasiness of change?

Often times, things in life change at inopportune times—not on my schedule.   Other times, when I long for change—it seems I’m stuck. In both those situations I ask God, sometimes not politely, just what it is He’s up to. The question takes the form, “Why are You doing this to me!?”

I’m there, right now. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m bored or upset with change.

I take comfort in the passage Hebrews 13. This final chapter seems like a hodge-podge of comments the writer wanted to be sure and get in the letter before he signed off.  The three things that offer comfort to the bored or distressed mind are profound:

  • God is near. He never leaves—regardless of how I feel—He’s always near.
  • Jesus never changes—regardless of my perceptions of my situation—Jesus is the same.
  • This world is not permanent—regardless of how permanent it feels—as a believer, I’m a citizen of a different world.

What difference does it make?   When I’m about to take a child back to the operating room, there is often a lot of tears and fear—not always from the child. A stranger, toting away a small child to an unknown place is frightening—for both parents and the child. The comfort that comes from mom and dad is usually the same; “We’ll be right here. We aren’t leaving.”  After the trip to the operating room, there is a reunion—mom, dad and child are reunited—it’s a time of hugs and kisses!

God offers His children the same comfort. He’s not leaving. He’s not changing. God knows the details of your life better than you do. He knows what to do, when to do it and how to work all the events in your life together for your ultimate good. He’s waiting for the day when His perfect world will be restored.

He promised not to leave, not to change and to hold the future secure in His hand. He meant it so much He repeated it over and over in scripture.

Father, as I find myself discontent with today and worried about tomorrow, help me rest in Your love and promise for me. When change is all around me—remind me that Your love and plan for me never changes. I will find my hope in You.

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It’s Done!

doneIt’s done!! Rejoice with me. My second devotional book is awaiting final approval.   Thanks to my dear friend, Donna, whose eyes see things I miss!!  By this time next week you will be able to purchase your own copy of The Books We Never Read.  It’s a 3 month devotional that finds God in all the Old Testament books that are often ignored.   book cover

Can you guess what’s coming next? It’s a Christmas devotional for the month on December—I’ll have it ready and available in time to give as a gift for the month of December—so that means by November!

In the meantime, join me each day for a new post. If you missed a post this week, there is a link below to click. Come back tomorrow and continue to find God in the small things of life.

Would you do me a favor today? In keeping with this month’s topic of small things… When you are finished reading the devotional you choose today, would you share it using one of the buttons you’ll see at the end of the post—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Pintrest, or Google+? Believe it or not, that simple act makes this devotional site more visible to people searching for a devotional site on the Internet.

How would you like your very own copy of a devotional book?I have a one month devotional available on Amazon.com. Click the link and you can order away!  (Thanks in advance!) I made the title of my first book easy to remember.  Finding the Holy in a mundane world is a 31-day devotional and would be great for a friend or family member who doesn’t “use the computer.”  For those who like the computer, a Kindle version is available.

Now, if you can, go to church today! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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Finally, It’s Saturday

slip-and-fall-attorneysWho will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, “I am slipping!” but Your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:16-19 (NLT)

It’s finally Saturday! It was a rough week at work.  As hard as I’ve tried to discipline my mind, I find myself plotting and wishing. Nothing good—in case you are wondering. My emotions are getting the best of me as I ponder my career path, my options, and as I wait for God’s guidance.

I’m not sure I like where God’s leading me. I’d rather run away than stick it out—I’d rather take the easier path but I fear that’s not the one God has me pointed toward. That makes me anxious.

So, when I read this chapter today, I felt both refreshed and ominously concerned.  Here is a link to Psalm 94.

I need some time in that fortress today. I’m not sure I will emerge joyful today –but I do rest in the confident hope that I have a God who hears, sees, acts but most importantly—LOVES!

Father, keep me in step with You even when the path ahead is not the path I’d choose. Hold me tight. Give me Your strength. Help me focus on You as my source of strength, hope and EVERYTHING. Teach me to pursue virtue.

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